By creator to www.dailyecho.co.uk
A HEART transplant affected person raised cash for an important charity and by accomplished a half-marathon.
Robbie Burns, 50 from Twyford, walked 13 miles from Winchester to Southampton to boost cash for Wessex Heartbeat.
It’s the area’s main coronary heart charity that gives important help and funding to the cardiac division – and its sufferers – at Southampton Common Hospital.
Robbie raised an unbelievable £8,000 and was joined by his spouse Tamsin, cardiologists Katrijn Jansen, Peter Cowburn, Aisling Carroll, and one other 90 walkers.
He mentioned: “The Southampton Cardiac crew has performed a substantial a part of my life for the previous 25 years, each as a cardiac affected person in addition to the varied roles I’ve held inside the division.
Robbie was born with Transposition of the Nice Arteries and Ventricular Septal Defect (a congenital incapacity that meant the 2 most important arteries carrying blood out of his coronary heart – the primary pulmonary artery and the aorta – had been switched in place)
After two open-heart surgical procedures as a toddler, Robbie was comparatively wholesome for a few years.
However in 2015, his health began deteriorating and in 2019, the crew at Southampton recognized end-stage coronary heart failure and referred him to Newcastle for transplant evaluation.
After a difficult yr, Robbie was added to the pressing transplant record, receiving the all-important name to have the operation in June final yr.
Robbie mentioned: “Though my restoration has been lengthy and extremely turbulent, I really feel stronger now.
“And it’s because of the help I’ve had from the cardiac division in Southampton and Wessex Heartbeat that I’ve been in a position to full this particular fundraising stroll with my spouse and fellow supporters.”
John Munro, Chief Govt of Wessex Heartbeat, mentioned: “Robbie’s story is really inspiring, and to listen to that he’s taken on such a mammoth process for our charity, is overwhelming.
“Our utmost precedence is to make sure that coronary heart sufferers and their households are handled with the very best care and help, and with out the donations from our unbelievable supporters, we’d not be capable to present this important assist for the neighborhood.”
Robbie continues to be welcoming donations, so for those who’d prefer to contribute, please go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/walkwithrobbie
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